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Professional Development Credit Offerings Fall 2021
Register now for Fall 2021 Graduate Equivalency Course (GEC) and credit workshop (CEU) offerings. All Harper College faculty (full-time and adjunct) can register for any of these opportunities at no cost.

Please watch the Academy website during the semester for the most updated list of opportunities.
Graduate Equivalency Courses
Exploring Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the Community College Classroom in the U.S. Socio-Political Context
GECs: 3
August 23 - October 3
This course explores the relationship between language, culture, and the socio-political context and their relevance to community college students. This course focuses on culture and belonging, language and identity, illiteracy in the USA, “non-standard” Englishes, bilingualism/multilingualism, and communication between cultures through the lens of respect and a social justice framework.

Registration Deadline:
August 19
Equity Teaching Academy
GECs: 3 (per course)
Examine for Equity: August 31 - October 5
Reflect on Equity: October 19 - November 23
Redesign for Equity: Spring 2022
The Academy is pleased to announce the inaugural run of a series of GECs called the Equity Teaching Academy, which was developed in partnership with faculty from Roosevelt and City Colleges and informed by research from similar faculty development programs throughout the country. The first course in the series, “Examine for Equity,” invites participants to examine their individual and institutional contexts to generate deeper awareness of issues related to educational inequities. The second course, “Reflect on Equity,” guides faculty through experiences for deep reflection on their course design and facilitation. The third course in the series, “Redesign for Equity,” prompts faculty to consider institutional and course-level data as they envision ways to redesign aspects of their courses around equity pedagogies.

Equity Teaching Academy
Registration Deadlines:
Examine for Equity: August 17
Reflect on Equity: October 5
Redesign for Equity: Spring 2022
Teaching Online Successfully
GECs: 1 (per course)
Create: September 13 - September 26
Facilitate: October 4 - October 17
Enhance: October 25 - November 7
There are three course options to choose from based on your needs:
  • Create: you're developing an online or blended course for the first time
  • Facilitate: you're teaching an online/blended course for the first time
  • Enhance: you're looking for tools & techniques to enhance your online or blended course to encourage student engagement

Registration Deadlines:
Create: August 30
Facilitate: September 20
Enhance: October 11
Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities
GECs: 3
October 11 - December 3
In this course, participants will have an opportunity to learn basic information about the ten most common visible and invisible disabilities, in order to evaluate a course or program and develop methods that make the learning environment inclusive and welcoming to all students, including students with disabilities. The course will utilize real case studies of current and past Harper students, in order to have an honest discussion about the challenges that students face when navigating an inaccessible learning environment.

Registration Deadline:
September 27
Become an Ally Advocate: Improve the Accessibility of Course Materials with Ally for Blackboard
CEUs: 1.0
August 31, 10 a.m.
September 1, 1 p.m.
September 2, 4:30 p.m.
We are excited to announce a new tool available in your Blackboard course called Ally. Ally provides you with guidance on how to correct accessibility issues with your digital course content, which means you’re learning materials will work better on mobile phones and tablets as well as with assistive technologies. During this workshop we will demonstrate the features of Ally and guide you through the workflow for identifying and correcting accessibility issues. Since students will immediately benefit from Ally’s alternative file formats, you will also learn strategies for communicating Ally’s features with students. Information will also be provided on how to become an Ally Advocate, earn a badge and 1.0 CEU’s.

Hybrid-Flexible Teaching Roundtable
CEUs: 0.1 (per session)
September 8, 3:30 p.m.
October 14, 3:30 p.m.
November 19, 3:30 p.m.
This roundtable discussion series hosted by the Academy is an opportunity for faculty to discuss hybrid flexible teaching (HyFlex) practices, philosophies, and technologies. The purpose of the roundtable is for faculty to share their experiences, address challenges, and discuss any aspects of interest related to HyFlex. Whether you are newer to HyFlex or have been using hybrid and/or flexible models for quite some time, we welcome you to come discuss lessons learned, current practices, and future possibilities and limitations with us.

  • Blended, HyFlex, Flipped... What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter?
  • HyFlex Pedagogy: Engaging Students, Assessing Student Learning
  • Evaluating Impact of HyFlex Design

HyFlex Roundtable
Enacting Equity Series
CEUs: 0.15 (per session)
September 9, 10:30 a.m.
October 19, 2 p.m.
November 8, 1 p.m.
December 8, 9:30 a.m.
The Enacting Equity Series uses sections of the Enacting Equity Guidelines to direct professional development along four axes of inclusive teaching: self-reflection, introductory information, course content, and assessment and evaluation. In each workshop, participants will reflect on how aspects of their teaching are shaped by various forms of inequity and apply inclusive teaching practices to address equity gaps.

  • Facilitating for Diverse Populations
  • Setting Guidelines for Inclusive Discourse
  • Who is Represented in Your Course?
  • Evidence-Based Equity Strategies Across the Curriculum

Equity Series
Using GoReact to Create Video Assignments in Blackboard
CEUs: 0.15
September 14, 1 p.m.
September 15, 5 p.m.
September 16, 10:30 a.m.
GoReact is a tool that allows students to record or upload videos right into Blackboard, which you can then watch and give time-stamped text, audio, or video feedback. This is a fantastic tool for video/audio responses to prompts, student/group presentations, language/pronunciation practice, skills demonstration, and more. In this workshop, you will hear about a variety of ways Harper faculty are already using GoReact, and will learn how to easily set up, collect and grade GoReact assignments within Blackboard. At the end of the workshop, you will get to try setting up, reviewing, and grading an assignment in a practice Blackboard shell.

GoReact Blackboard
Evidence-Based Teaching Across Disciplines
CEUs: 0.2
September 17, 1 p.m.
In this workshop, Dr. van Opstal will share a research guide that helps faculty explore ways to implement and assess evidence-based recommendations to enhance their teaching. A few experiences from faculty from various disciplines who participated in an evidence-based teaching course will be shared, and participants will have an opportunity to evaluate how their current approaches align with these methods, consider how they may adjust their practices based on research, and/or conduct their own investigations of how students learn in their subject areas. The workshop will conclude with sample classroom assessment techniques that faculty can adapt to evaluate the effects of their interventions on student learning.

Evidence Based
Blackboard Ally: Strategies and Tips to Fix Your Content
CEUs: 0.2
October 1, 10 a.m.
As you may know, a new accessibility tool called Ally has recently become available in all Blackboard courses. To support faculty during the first semester of access to Ally, an Accessibility Expert from Blackboard is offering an instructor training designed to provide an overview of Ally’s functionality, common accessibility issues, and tips and tricks to help fix those issues. However, there will be a special emphasis on more advanced content remediation strategies, touching on how to handle STEM content. This training opportunity is limited to 15 participants so be sure to register early!

Krista Greear
Getting Started With Google Workspace for Education
CEUs: 0.15
October 26, 3 p.m.
Google Workspace for Education is a suite of tools that enables collaborative learning opportunities for students and faculty. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of Workspace and will be geared for those who don’t have much experience with this suite of tools. Topics covered will include accessing your Google account through Harper, demonstrating key features of Google Drive & Docs, securely sharing and collaborating with others, and tips for using with Blackboard.

Google Workspace
Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference
CEUs: 0.3
September 23, 3 - 6 p.m., Webex
Join us for the 8th Annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference featuring Flower Darby, an adjunct faculty member and Senior Instructional Designer at Northern Arizona University. The conference also includes perspectives and reflections from three Harper adjunct faculty, a fun and interactive Quiplash session, and raffles.

Flower Darby
Assessment Conference and Share Fair
CEUs: up to 0.35
September 24, 9 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Webex
Save the date for the 13th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair! Featured speaker, Flower Darby will share her perspectives on exploring equitable and engaging evidence-based practices for online teaching and assessment. Additional sessions on assessment will be presented by Harper faculty and staff.

flower darby
Academy for Teaching Excellence | 847.925.6174 | Building F, Room F317
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The mission of the Academy for Teaching Excellence is to create a vibrant teaching and learning culture for full-time and adjunct faculty that cultivates professional development in support of student success.
Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation or who have questions about physical access may contact the event host or Access and Disability Services at ads@harpercollege.edu, 847.925.6266, at least two weeks in advance of the event date.
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